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September 2021


From The Eponymous Pickle

Immersive Drug Design with VR

Immersive Drug Design with VR

In the much earlier days of VR we did something similar.  Key is what insight you get from the VR and how do you put it to real value in a design effort?   What is the value of the immersion?   Like what I see, but not very much…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Molecular Device Reconfigured for Computational Tasks

Molecular Device Reconfigured for Computational Tasks

Intriguing direction.  How many such computational tasks? 

Molecular Device Can Be Reconfigured for Different Computational Tasks, By Texas A&M University, September 9, 2021  in CACM.

An international team of researchers has described…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Non Line of Sight Technology

Non Line of Sight Technology

Have written about related approaches here a number of times.   NLOS it is called, Non-line-of-Sight technology.   Obvious military applications.   Autonomy data  for complex environments.  And privacy data implications.  With…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Augmented Reality for the Ears: Sharing Music

Augmented Reality for the Ears: Sharing Music

Don't do this, but idea is interesting.  Might also be used to share presentations and comments on them.

Augmented Reality Is Coming for Your Ears, Too

By Wired, August 20, 2021

Sharing your earbuds with somebody is, in every important…


From insideHPC

NCSA Participating in $25M Programmable Plant Systems Initiative

NCSA Participating in $25M Programmable Plant Systems Initiative

Researchers from the Center for Digital Agriculture (CDA) at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) will be part of the newly-announced Center for Research on Programmable Plant Systems (CROPPS). The new Center…


From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Working Towards a Multilingual and Digitally Inclusive Internet: FY21 Progress and Looking Ahead

Working Towards a Multilingual and Digitally Inclusive Internet: FY21 Progress and Looking Ahead

By Ajay Data, UASG Chair Since 2015, the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) has been working to make the Internet more inclusive for users around the world through the Universal Acceptance (UA) of all valid domain names…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Possible Evidence of Squid Paternal Care

Friday Squid Blogging: Possible Evidence of Squid Paternal Care

Researchers have found possible evidence of paternal care among bigfin reef squid.

As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven’t covered.

Read my blog posting guidelines…


From Schneier on Security

ProtonMail Now Keeps IP Logs

ProtonMail Now Keeps IP Logs

After being compelled by a Swiss court to monitor IP logs for a particular user, ProtonMail no longer claims that “we do not keep any IP logs.”


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facebook Roy-Ban Smart Glasses

Facebook Roy-Ban Smart Glasses

 Happened on this, more on a Facebook Smart Glasses.  Facebook Voice Assistant?  Hmmm ..  Too much in your face all the time digital world?  

Facebook and Ray-Ban Debut ‘Stories’ Smart Glasses With Facebook Voice Assistant

ERIC…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Decision Making in AI

Decision Making in AI

Good thoughts here ... its not all about decisions, but decisions in real contexts. 

The Future of Decision-Making in AI

How not to end up in a Skynet, The Architect, Ultron or HAL9000 situation

By Alex Elkjær Vasegaard

 Generally…


From insideHPC

DOE Funds $16M for Scientific ML Research

DOE Funds $16M for Scientific ML Research

Sept. 9, 2021 — Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $16 million for five collaborative research projects to develop artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) algorithms for enabling scientific insights…


From insideHPC

On the Front Lines of AI Automation: Life Sciences and Chip Design

On the Front Lines of AI Automation: Life Sciences and Chip Design

Given the right task, AI-driven machines can be empowered with supercharged IQs that make the smartest humans look dumb, or at least inefficient.  As we watch advances made in task automation, we see it burgeoning into fields…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Thwarting Ransomware

Thwarting Ransomware

Would have thought this is where you could unusual activity?   is it enough?    There will be challenges from both sides.

Your SSD may soon be able to detect ransomware attacks  By Mayank Sharma  in TechRadar

Best of all, the additional…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Talks Decisions and their Completeness.

AI Talks Decisions and their Completeness.

Good approach.   There is I recall a way to rate how good an explanation of a decision is in healthcare.  How well was this done? Also, since should be a complete conversation, a give and take set of statements and questions,…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CRA Executive Director Andrew Bernat Retires After Nearly Two Decades of Leadership

CRA Executive Director Andrew Bernat Retires After Nearly Two Decades of Leadership

The following blog was first posted on the CRA Bulletin.  After nearly 20 years at the helm of the Computing Research Association, Executive Director Andrew Bernat has retired from his position, marking the close of his incredible…


From insideHPC

OCP Global Summit Will Have In-person and Remote Attendees

OCP Global Summit Will Have In-person and Remote Attendees

The OCP Global Summit conference, scheduled for November 9-10 in San Jose, has received permission from local authorities to allow in-person attendance at the event. The Open Compute Project, now in its 10 year, said in an announcement…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Web Archives Lost

Web Archives Lost

 Have seen a number of such cases , you cant depend on data you don't actively manage.

Digital Archives Meant to Be Permanent Seem to Be Lost on the Web

New Scientist, Chris Stokel-Walker, August 30, 2021

Old Dominion University…


From Computational Complexity

The Death of Expertise

Four years ago I tried to catch up with deep learning and this summer I aimed to try to catch up again. Who would've thought 2017 is ancient history.

I watched the lectures in the latest MIT course, played with GPT-3 and Codex…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

How I debate

How I debate

Many of us feel that the current intellectual climate is difficult to bear. When I first noticed the phenomenon, people told me that it was because of Donald Trump. He just made it impossible to debate calmly. But now that Trump…


From BLOG@CACM

How Does One Divide with Napier's Rods?

How Does One Divide with Napier's Rods?

Napier's multiplication and division rods, deriving from the basic multiplication table, simplify calculations considerably.


From insideHPC

NeoPhotonics Introduces CFP2-DCO Module with 0 dBm Optical Output Power

NeoPhotonics Introduces CFP2-DCO Module with 0 dBm Optical Output Power

SAN JOSE — September 8, 2021 – NeoPhotonics Corporation (NYSE: NPTN), a developer of silicon photonics and advanced hybrid photonic integrated circuit-based lasers, modules and subsystems for bandwidth-intensive, high speed communications…


From insideHPC

IBM Unveils Power10 Servers Targeting Hybrid Cloud

IBM Unveils Power10 Servers Targeting Hybrid Cloud

IBM today announced the new IBM Power E1080 server, the first in a new family of servers based on the IBM Power10 processor, designed for hybrid cloud environments. “The IBM Power10-equipped E1080 server is engineered to be one…


From insideHPC

Supermicro Expands Portfolio of Single-Processor Systems

Supermicro Expands Portfolio of Single-Processor Systems

San Jose, Sept. 8, 2021 — Super Micro Computer, Inc. (SMCI), maker of enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions, and green computing technology, has announced an expanded portfolio of single-processor systems based …


From insideHPC

Kohler Power Wins Sustainability Award

Kohler Power Wins Sustainability Award

Kohler, Wis., Sept. 7, 2021 — Kohler Power announced that it has been named to The Business Intelligence Group’s 2021 Sustainability Awards program, securing the Sustainability Product of the Year award. Kohler was named a Sustainability…


From The Eponymous Pickle

CMU Cloud Lab Links Automation to Labor

CMU Cloud Lab Links Automation to Labor

 The linking of labor intensive needs is particularly interesting to testallternatives. 

Carnegie Mellon's Cloud Lab to Automate Labor-Intensive Science Experiments

The Wall Street Journal, Sara Castellanos,  August 30, 2021

Carnegie…


From insideHPC

Krell Institute Launches ‘Science in Parallel’ Podcast Focusing on Computational Science Innovators

Krell Institute Launches ‘Science in Parallel’ Podcast Focusing on Computational Science Innovators

AMES, IOWA – The Krell Institute is launching Science in Parallel, a podcast highlighting people and projects at the interface of science and computing. The first season features scientists who use computers to design alternative…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Collaborating with Dancers

AI Collaborating with Dancers

Successful Collaboration a powerful idea,   how is it fundamentally enhanced?

NSF Grant Sees Dancers and AI As Creative Collaborators, By Georgia Institute of Technology, August 31, 2021

A project predecessor is LuminAI, whichA…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gmail App to Make Voice and Video Calls

Gmail App to Make Voice and Video Calls

 We were very early on testers of Gmail in the enterprise.   Its good, but still has a bumpy ride for new users.   And not enough support for general management of your mail and communications complexity. .   Will this help or…


From insideHPC

Lenovo Launches ‘Everything-as-a-Service’ Single Contract Framework  

Lenovo Launches ‘Everything-as-a-Service’ Single Contract Framework  

September 8, 2021 – Today, at its annual Tech World event, Lenovo announced an evolution in its consumption-based business model, introducing Lenovo TruScale, a new portfolio-spanning everything-as-a-service offering. This announcement…


From insideHPC

American Meteorological Society to Present Zelinka with Houghton Award

American Meteorological Society to Present Zelinka with Houghton Award

The Council of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) has selected atmospheric scientist Mark Zelinka of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to receive the Henry G. Houghton Award. Zelinka was cited by AMS for “innovative…